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Skype starts music streaming

A music streaming website ‘’Rdio’’ has been created and launched by Skype, and particularly by two founders of Skype Technologies’ Company : Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.
Rdio consist of accessible catalog with 7 million tracks that customers can get via a smartphone or a computer for $9.99 a month. The service was opened for public access recently and appeared to be a heavy rival with existing music-streaming sites, such as Rhapsody, MOG, and Grooveshark.

The option of “Web-only”” access without the authorization of listening offline costs $4.99 a month.

Rdio contains music from the world’s four major labels, EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group, according to Skype there are additional independent music aggregators either.

The music sales Worldwide have dropped by 30 percent since 2004, having illegal downloads of music files for almost all songs heard online, so record labels are throwing their weight behind streaming services as a new revenue source.

Company Merlin, ranked as the fifth global music records provider, which represents independent music, said Rdio initiated its service without finalizing a deal with the group.

Merlin’s CEO Charles Caldas said “We are surprised that a service whose success would seem dependent on offering its consumers a comprehensive choice of repertoire would launch without giving those consumers access to the leading global independent labels we represent, and their artists,’’

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